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Legal briefs: £440m energy park plans challenged

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round up of legal news: 6 December - 12 December, 2014

Legal challenge to try and block £440m plans labelled ‘spiteful’

Port operator ABP has announced it is making a High Court challenge over the government’s development consent for Europe’s largest offshore energy park which involves an area of land the company owns on the Humber estuary. It is seeking a judicial review of the go-ahead for the Able Marine Energy Park, a 400-hectare site at North Killingholme where almost 1.3 kilometres of deep water quays are planned for the manufacture, assembly, storage and shipping of wind turbines for the next generation of offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Yorkshire Post 

HS2 campaigners lose Court of Appeal challenge

Campaigners have lost their latest legal challenge to the first phase of the proposed HS2 high-speed rail route between Birmingham and London. The challenge was brought by HS2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) and Hillingdon Council in west London. They had accused the government of unlawfully failing to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA). But three Court of Appeal judges unanimously rejected the challenge.

BBC News 

Developer loses court challenge over sending neighbourhood plan to referendum

Developer Larkfleet Homes has failed in a High Court challenge to Rutland County Council’s decision to allow the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to a referendum.

Local Government Lawyer

Thousands of pounds seized from illegal nightclub after council court case

Southwark Council has successfully obtained a confiscation order for £177,000 against an illegal nightclub operator in Herne Hill, south London, who flouted planning regulations and an enforcement action.

Southwark Council 

BBC News